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    Hey everyone,
    I am an American applying to the UK for medicine. For my 5th UCAS choice I was thinking of Biological Sciences at Oxford. But my problem is that my personal statement is geared towards becoming a doctor. Specifically, I talk about a few extracurricular activities (debate and robotics) and how the skills I have learned will help me if I was a doctor. I also mention volunteer work at a hospital and shadowing two doctors at a private practice. I do have a few sentences about a part time job where I taught Biology.
    I was wondering if it would be sensible to apply for the Biological Sciences course even though my statement isn't directly about it.

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    (Original post by pool99)
    Hey everyone,
    I am an American applying to the UK for medicine. For my 5th UCAS choice I was thinking of Biological Sciences at Oxford. But my problem is that my personal statement is geared towards becoming a doctor. Specifically, I talk about a few extracurricular activities (debate and robotics) and how the skills I have learned will help me if I was a doctor. I also mention volunteer work at a hospital and shadowing two doctors at a private practice. I do have a few sentences about a part time job where I taught Biology.
    I was wondering if it would be sensible to apply for the Biological Sciences course even though my statement isn't directly about it.

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    Ajay
    British universities are well aware that aspiring medics have to choose a fifth course outside medicine so won't consider it unusual. Note that you can't apply to two courses at Oxford, nor to both Oxford and Cambridge.
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    (Original post by pool99)
    Hey everyone,
    I am an American applying to the UK for medicine. For my 5th UCAS choice I was thinking of Biological Sciences at Oxford. But my problem is that my personal statement is geared towards becoming a doctor. Specifically, I talk about a few extracurricular activities (debate and robotics) and how the skills I have learned will help me if I was a doctor. I also mention volunteer work at a hospital and shadowing two doctors at a private practice. I do have a few sentences about a part time job where I taught Biology.
    I was wondering if it would be sensible to apply for the Biological Sciences course even though my statement isn't directly about it.

    Thanks
    Ajay
    Hi, last year I applied to 2 medicine courses, 2 biology courses and human sciences at Oxford with a purely medicine personal statement. I got offers for both biology courses and interviews for both medicine courses(and subsequently an offer) and an interview for Oxford - although I did submit a separate ps for Oxford. I didn't get an offer for Oxford and I believe this was because they could tell how passionate I was about medicine ( I was limited to only 2 med choices because of my Chem predicted grade and would definitely have turned Oxford down for my med offer!) however they were willing to give me an interview, so I guess you have nothing to lose!! Just don't compromise your ps - it has to be 100% medicine!! Best of luck 😀
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    Why not apply for medicine at Oxford and have a back-up choice elsewhere?

    As the poster above has said, you MAY have a chance, but it is probably small
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    (Original post by xxxsbxxx)
    I think at other, slightly lower ranked unis you could be ok, but for Oxford it's so ridiculously competitive on all the courses that they'd want a totally Biology based statement. You have to be very dedicated to go to Oxford to do a subject, it's not a fifth choice kind of thing really (probably lower chance of getting in than medicine) but check if they'll let you send in a different PS! x
    Thanks, I will check if I can send the PS separately.
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    Why not apply for medicine at Oxford and have a back-up choice elsewhere?

    As the poster above has said, you MAY have a chance, but it is probably small
    As I am applying for medicine as an international student, the chances of me getting in are incredibly low. The NHS puts quotas ranging from 15-30 internationals medicine program. I don't think I would have a chance with this low rate for medicine + the low chances of oxford. Plus I am already taking the UKCAT and can't be bothered with the test they use.
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    (Original post by Ben4444)
    Hi, last year I applied to 2 medicine courses, 2 biology courses and human sciences at Oxford with a purely medicine personal statement. I got offers for both biology courses and interviews for both medicine courses(and subsequently an offer) and an interview for Oxford - although I did submit a separate ps for Oxford. I didn't get an offer for Oxford and I believe this was because they could tell how passionate I was about medicine ( I was limited to only 2 med choices because of my Chem predicted grade and would definitely have turned Oxford down for my med offer!) however they were willing to give me an interview, so I guess you have nothing to lose!! Just don't compromise your ps - it has to be 100% medicine!! Best of luck 😀
    Hey thanks for the reply!
    Can you explain how to send separate Personal Statements. I think I would prefer to do this if it was an option
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    (Original post by pool99)
    Hey thanks for the reply!
    Can you explain how to send separate Personal Statements. I think I would prefer to do this if it was an option
    After I had received an interview invite, they sent an email asking if anyone wanted to submit a separate ps. I think this was because human sciences is a course that's not offered by many unis, so they realised that people would probably have non specific personal statements. As many others have said, unis know that medicine students have a non med 5th choice, so I'm sure that if you email admissions they'll be happy for you to submit a separate ps.
    I personally think that you have nothing to lose. I know of at least one person who was accepted into a non med course at Oxford whilst applying for medicine! I simply didn't have the enthusiasm for the course and they knew that! Of the people that I met at interview, the ones that received offers were really, really passionate about the course. Just be super enthusiastic and who knows😀😀
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    (Original post by pool99)
    Hey thanks for the reply!
    Can you explain how to send separate Personal Statements. I think I would prefer to do this if it was an option
    You could contact the admissions department before applying and see if they will accept a separate PS (and they may tell you your chances of succeeding with a medicine PS)
 
 
 
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